Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers Nyamira branch members have sent home majority of former officials. Those voted out were accused of being arrogant and some openly engaging in sexual exploits and over drinking while attending Kuppet national delegates meeting. Kuppet officials enjoy allowances while attending such national meetings commonly known as annual general meetings.
During the polls, two camps emerged; Team office – rotating around the office holders and Team change – pushing for fresh blood to fight for members’ rights, not personal benefits. Those who were lucky to retain the seats are George Makaa – chairman and Lewis Nyakweba – the branch executive secretary. To survive, the duo is said to have abandoned Team office at the last minute and started campaigns as neutrals.
Makaa got 833 votes against Festus Segera who managed 812 votes. The results clearly show Makaa, who is in Nyamira governorship 2022 race, is not popular. Makaa only won by 21 votes. For Nyakweba, he could not believe it when it was announced he had won by only 29 votes. Sources say Nyakweba has decided not to defend the seat come the next elections. He defeated Joseph Sonye. Nyakweba is one of the oldest serving Kuppet branch officials.
He has been in office for a cool 20 years. For vice-chairman post, Wilson Mungei defeated Ezekiel Menge. Mungei got 1,140 votes with Menge 506 votes. Tom Onsongo lost the slot of treasurer to Stella Moturi alias SM. Onsongo has been the branch treasurer and one of those accused of being selfish. SM got 780 votes with Onsongo 755 votes.
From the voting pattern, the treasurer slot is in the hands of female teachers. SM deputy is Getruth Kerubo who got 943 votes against her rival Irene Nyangweso’s 711. Naomi Ongaga got 783 votes to win gender secretary defeating Nancy Nyamboke (495) and Lenah Asiago (261). Nyamira county labour commissioner Daniel Gekune was in charge of the election with many teachers happy the way it was conducted.